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Pixie Crunch Apple Tree (Low-Chill)

Malus domestica 'Pixie Crunch'

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Growing Zones: 5-8
(hardy down to -10℉)



Growing Zones 5-8
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

20-25 ft.

Mature Width:

20 ft.

Sunlight:

Full Sun

Spacing:

15-20 ft.

Growth Rate:

Moderate

Drought Tolerance:

Good

Harvest Time:

September

Fruit Color:

Red

Year to Bear:

0-1 years

Chill Hours (minimum):

< 200

You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

Botanical Name:

Malus domestica 'Pixie Crunch'

Does Not Ship To:

AZ, CA, ID, OR



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Big Taste Comes in Small Apples

The sweetest, crispiest fresh apple around! If you think that apples are nothing special, you haven’t tried a Pixie Crunch. These small apples are even sweeter than the popular Honeycrisp apples, and they break away from the core with a satisfying snap. The texture is dense and crisp, and the flavor is kid-pleasingly sweet with just a hint of tartness. This is the best possible apple for fresh eating in September.

Great for no-sugar-added baking. Imagine picking a basketful of beautiful red apples from your backyard tree and bringing them inside to bake a homemade pie. There’s no guilt required to bake these fruits: Pixie Crunch apples are so sweet that you’ll need only a sprinkle of added sugar in your recipes.

Big harvests! A standard Pixie Crunch begins to bear fruit in its third year of growth, and fully mature trees can yield between 200 and 400 pounds of fresh apples that ripen over a period of about three weeks each fall. Pixie Crunch apples can be stored for up to two months in cool conditions, but if you still can’t eat them all, they make wonderful apple juice and can also be used to make sugar-free applesauce for canning.

Beautiful spring blossoms. Pixie Crunch apple trees add a lovely touch to your landscape in the spring, when they are covered with delicate, white blossoms that feature a pink blush. Pixie Crunch apples require a nearby pollinator to set fruit, so choose another apple variety that blossoms mid-season to encourage cross-pollination. You can also rely on nearby white-blossomed crabapple trees as a pollinator.

Great disease resistance. Pixie Crunch apples were specially bred at Purdue University and were introduced in 1993. Though not an heirloom, these trees were designed to be resistant to disease, including apple scab and fire blight. If there was ever an apple you could try to grow organically, this tree might just be the one.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away! You won’t have any trouble getting kids to eat their fruit with Pixie Crunch apples around. These sweet little pommes are full of Vitamin C and fiber, which reduce inflammation and support a heart-healthy lifestyle, so you can rest assured that you’re providing family and friends a healthful, delicious snack.





Pixie Crunch Apple Tree (Low-Chill) Pollination


Pixie Crunch Apple Trees (Low-Chill) are not self-fertile. You will need to plant another variety to achieve fruiting. Below are the most effective pollinators we have chosen for your area...

Crabapple Trees also make some of the best pollinators for Fruiting Apple Trees. Because they bloom for a long period of time and produce an abundance of pollen that are compatible with most Fruiting Apple Tree varieties.

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Planting & Care



It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Pixie Crunch Apple Tree (Low-Chill)


Pixie Crunch Apple Tree (Low-Chill) Planting Diretions

The Pixie Crunch apple tree (Malus domestica ‘Pixie Crunch’) is a delightfully sweet apple that’s great for baking or eating straight off of the tree. One of the larger known apple varieties, it can reach a mature height of 20-25 feet tall and 20 feet wide, but can be maintained at a shorter height for easier harvesting. Cold tolerant all the way down to -10 degrees, this tree can be grown in USDA growing zones 5-8, but is a low chill variety that needs less cold exposure in order to set bloom properly. However, it is not a self fertile tree so you will need another variety in order for it to produce fruit (see pollination partnering list below). The Pixie crunch is a resistant variety bred for its ability to fight off scab and fire blight, making it a hardier variety than many others.

Location: Be sure that the location you plan to plant your tree will receive full sun which means at least six hours of direct sun each day. If the area receives more than half a day’s shade then the tree will not perform well. Drainage is essential so if you have an overabundance of clay, some soil amending may be required. The pH range of the soil (for the best results) is 6.0-6.5 and a soil test can determine this easily. Testing kits can be found at your local gardening center to test the acidity of your soil. If the soil is mostly sand then amending peat moss into the sand will help with moisture retention otherwise more frequent irrigation will be needed.

Planting Directions (in ground): Now that you have found your ideal planting location for the Pixie apple there are some basic steps for planting the tree. You can raise the acidity of the soil if necessary using lime or wood ash. To lower the pH you can amend sulfur, sphagnum peat or aluminum/iron sulfate into the soil.

1) Make your planting site hole twice the width of the root ball and just as deep.
2) Gently comb your hands over the root ball to free up the roots before planting. Take care not to be to rough with the roots.
3) Place your new Pixie apple tree in the hole and be sure it’s straight as you begin to back fill the hole. Tamp down the soil as you fill the hole to prevent air pockets from forming.
4) Water the planting site to settle the soil and then mulch around the base to prevent competing weeds and grasses from growing around the area.
*Tip: Make sure your mulch is not touching the base of the trunk as this can encourage rot and fungus from forming.

Planting Directions (potted tree): Most wouldn’t think you cannot grow an apple tree that isn’t a dwarf variety in a pot. With the Pixie apple you can definitely grow a happy, healthy apple tree in a pot! Growing this way will also help maintain the tree at a more manageable height.

1) You will want to start off with a fairly large pot for the apple tree to have enough space to stretch out its root system. A ten gallon or even a fifteen gallon pot will be a good size to start with. Plastic pots may not be a good selection as they can get hot in the sun and aren’t insulated against the cold.
2) Select a well draining, quality potting soil mix to fill the pot.
3) Some light trimming of the roots is encouraged before potting the tree to prevent it from becoming a root bound mess in the pot. Snip the roots so they are about ½ inch from the inside wall of the pot.
4) Be sure you add enough soil to the bottom of the pot so the graft union will be level with the rim of the pot. Fill the pot until there is about a 2 inch space from the rim to the top of the soil.

Watering (in ground): Your Pixie apple will benefit from a regular watering habit each week. You may need to water more often in times of extreme heat or drought. The soil surrounding your tree should be moist, but never saturated. Light green leaves can be a sign of over watering, while drooping leaves can be a sign of both over or under watering.

Watering (potted): Water slowly when you irrigate the tree to ensure even moisturizing of the soil. When the tree is in a dormant state, only provide enough water to keep the soil slightly moistened. As soon as you see newer growth coming out of the tree you can water whenever the top 2 inches of the soil feels dry.

Pruning (in ground): Once your tree has become established and is starting to bear fruit, it will need some periodic, moderate pruning. Only prune the tree during times of dormancy making sure to remove any vigorous, upright stems which are quite common in the upper portion of the tree. Weak, damaged or dead branches should also be removed. Low hanging, droopy branches should also be removed. As a branch declines with age it should be cutback to let younger branches take over and produce better.

Pruning (potted): Once you have your tree potted and comfortable, prune the branches back to about ⅓ of their length. This will assist the tree in compensating the reduction in the roots trimmed to fit the pot. Trim off any intersecting, damaged, dead, or diseased looking periodically. This should be done in the summer and late winter seasons.

Fertilizing (in ground): An annual fertilizing with a balanced 10-10-10 formula will be sufficient for your Pixie apple. If your soil is naturally fertile then do not feed (fertilize) the tree until it has reached two years old. Be sure to only apply the fertilizer in the warmer seasons. Be sure to follow the application instructions on the fertilizer to ensure you don’t burn the roots or overdo it.

Fertilizing (potted): While the potted Pixie apple tree is still young, feed it a ½ strength, balanced liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks while in the growing season. When the tree gets a bit older you can start using fruit fertilizers. Reduce the feedings for your apple tree in the late fall season and avid fertilizing at all in the winter season.

Harvesting: As the apples near their final stages of ripening they should be picked once they reach the correct size and color. Even if the fruit is removed while just under ripened it can be picked and ripened in the refrigerator.

Pollination chart for Pixie Apple: If there happens to be a crab apple tree nearby then you may not need a cross pollinator for your apples to grow. Crab apple trees are “universal pollinators” for apple trees but the other specific apple trees listed below will work as a cross pollinator for your tree.

Arkansas Black Apple Tree
Fuji Apple Tree (Low-Chill)
Gala Apple Tree
Granny Smith Apple Tree
Honeycrisp™ Apple Tree
McIntosh Apple Tree
Red Delicious Apple Tree
Winesap Apple Tree
Yellow Delicious Apple Tree

 

Planting & Care

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We've never heard of this apple before but the description sounded yummy.
Courtney A on Apr 24, 2018
final height, sweetness
Steve P on Mar 18, 2018
We've never heard of this apple before but the description sounded yummy.
Courtney A on Apr 24, 2018
Pixie crunch is the new and improved honey crisp. This tree will fertilize the honey crisp I purchased. Zone 5 hardy.
Julie N on Apr 1, 2018
final height, sweetness
Steve P on Mar 18, 2018
We love fresh fruit and independent living
RUSS H on Mar 17, 2018
I wanted a really sweet tasting apple and thought I would give this one a try.
Ava B on Mar 2, 2018
Taste
Patricia O on Jan 27, 2018
Grows and produces in my zone. Taste
John D on Apr 17, 2016
For pollination of the McIntosh and jelly
Barbara J on Apr 6, 2016
Pixie crunch is the new and improved honey crisp. This tree will fertilize the honey crisp I purchased. Zone 5 hardy.
Julie N on Apr 1, 2018
We love fresh fruit and independent living
RUSS H on Mar 17, 2018
what does chill hours define?
James M on May 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Chill hours is the number of hours between 32-45F during the dormant period, (usually between November and February) that the plant needs in order to produce fruit the following year.
I've read we should wait to plant our pixie crunch and Honeycrisp in the ground until after the last frost, probably several weeks away. How should I care for the trees in the meantime? Indoors or out? Pot or leave in the burlap sack, etc. Thank you.
Krjomi on Mar 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I would not wait. The roots will continue to grow below the freeze line, thereby giving you a head start on others in your area. Roots will grow all year (slower in cold weather, but still growing), and leaves and fruit need a fixed # of hours of sunlight on the trunk and branches before they "wake up". Check on what they need as pollinator trees, because many apple species are triploid (3 sets of genes) and cannot pollinate themselves or other apple trees. Any crabapple is a good pollinator for any apple tree, but check with your county agricultural agent or nursery to be sure which trees will pollinate your tree(s), and when they both bloom. Jerry Rosen, Matagorda, TX
Do you have to have 2 for them to pollinate ?
Kelly C on Feb 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Pixie Crunch Apple Trees are not self-fertile. You will need to plant another variety to achieve fruiting. The Arkansas Black, Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Red Delicious, Winesap and Yellow Delicious will work well as a pollinator.
will this pollinate with honeycrisp?
Ty J on Dec 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes the Pixie Crunch will pollinate a Honeycrisp.

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